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Francis Taylor Building is delighted with Planning magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2017.  With 14 silks and 14 juniors named in the survey, Francis Taylor Building’s barristers remain counsel of choice for many.  This includes top ratings for Michael Humphries QC as the leading infrastructure barrister and for Rebecca Clutten as the most respected barrister under the age of 35. Top rated silks are...
FTB is delighted to announce that Saira Kabir Sheikh QC has been selected for a Lawyer Monthly – Women in Law 2017 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Planning & Environmental law.  Saira has been identified and honoured for a Women in Law 2017 Award following her achievements over the last 18 months. Saira was also selected for...
Sarah Sackman will be speaking at 6pm tonight alongside David Hart QC, Richard Buxton and Rebekah Read to the HRLA on “How to be an Environmental Lawyer”. Speakers will discuss the relationship of environmental and human rights law and the implications of Brexit on issues from climate change to habitats protection. The event is hosted by Leigh Day with a limited number of places still available...
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has confirmed the compulsory purchase order made by it in respect of the Aberfeldy Estate, Poplar. The CPO is required to bring forward the land needed for the regeneration of the Estate, including the delivery of more than 1,200 new homes by the Council's partner, Poplar HARCA. Power to confirm the CPO was returned to Tower Hamlets after it was able to secure...
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The High Court (Jay J) has allowed a challenge to the adoption of interim affordable housing guidance by Craven District Council. The adoption of the guidance document, entitled “Negotiating Affordable Housing Contributions” (“NAHC 2016”), was challenged on the basis that it contains statements that fall within Regulation 5 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations...
Pursuant to section 8(2) of the Caravan Site Control of Development Act 1960, the owner of a touring caravan site appealed against an amended condition to his site licence, on grounds that it was “unduly burdensome”.  The condition restricted the site’s season from 1 March to 31 October each year; imposed a maximum length of stay of nor more than 21 days; and, required a register to be kept of...
Ace Airport Parking Ltd brought a s.289 appeal against an Inspector’s decision to refuse planning permission for a multi-storey car park and ride scheme serving Gatwick Airport. The appeal site was located in Tandridge Council. Tandridge’s Local Plan contained a policy which sought joint working between Tandridge, neighbourhouring authorities and Gatwick Airport to mitigate the planning impacts...
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Chambers is delighted to announce that the National Procurement Service in Wales has made eighteen appointments from Chambers to its first panel of approved counsel. The four Queen’s Counsel appointed are Morag Ellis QC, Craig Howell Williams QC, Douglas Edwards QC and James Pereira QC The fourteen juniors appointed are Philip Petchey, Meyric Lewis, Gary Grant, Leo Charalambides, Juan Lopez, John...
The High Court (Dove J) has this morning handed down judgment clarifying the scope of permitted development rights for the conversion of agricultural buildings to dwellings. The judgment may be of significance to all those concerned with rural planning. East Herts DC v SSCLG [2017] EWHC 465 concerns the permitted development right in Class Q of the GPDO 2015 for change of use of an agricultural...
On 6 March 2017 the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) handed down its decision in respect of the reference made by SME (Hammersmith) Ltd, regarding the compulsory acquisition of its restaurant premises opposite Farringdon Station. SME had formerly operated the restaurant as a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, but the premises had been compulsorily acquired by Transport for London in connection with...

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